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Forscher wollen Chinaschilf (Miscanthus sinensis) als Biomasse zur Energiegewinnung und Ausgangsstoffe für neue Produkte etablieren.
The reed grass Miscanthus provides biomass for a wide variety of applications.

Pulp from miscanthus grass

Researchers at Munich University of Applied Sciences want to establish annual plants such as miscanthus as an alternative raw material to wood for the paper industry.

graues ovales Tier mit Einkerbungen und Fühlern
The giant springtail Tetrodontophora bielanensis keeps its skin clean with the help of cholesterol.

Cholesterol layer keeps out biological contaminants

Researchers have discovered an effect in springtails that could be used to make new materials.

Pilot- und Demonstrationsanlage Leuna
In biobased refineries (pictured: CBP pilot plant in Leuna), the aim is to utilize the raw material biomass as efficiently and sustainably as possible.

Study examines acceptance of biobased innovations in the Rhineland

The implementation of the bioeconomy strategy in North Rhine-Westphalia can only succeed if the population is involved and the benefits of biobased technologies are highlighted more clearly.

Lago Maggiore
According to a study, Lake Maggiore in Italy is one of the lakes with the highest microplastic pollution.

Freshwater heavily polluted with microplastics

Even in remote mountain lakes, the researchers found higher concentrations of microplastics than in subtropical trash swirls.

Blick auf ein Klärbecken
A basin of the wastewater treatment plant in Bremen, where the initial sludge was sampled and the NO-breathing bacteria live.

Nitric oxide metabolizing bacteria cultivated

For the first time, it has been possible to study organisms that feed on nitric oxide in greater detail.

Wheat is usually grown as a pure crop.

Revitalize wheat fields with herbs

In Hesse, the cultivation of deep-rooted spice plants in wheat fields is being tested to improve the nutrient and water supply of the soil.

Anlagenaufbau aus Gasleitungen und Druckmessern
In power-to-X processes, carbon dioxide (CO2) is converted into high-grade fuels for aircraft, ships, trucks and agricultural machinery by reacting with electrolytically produced hydrogen.

Bavaria promotes research into climate-neutral fuels

Two Fraunhofer institutes are being funded by the Free State of Bavaria with almost 12 million euros for the development of climate-neutral fuels from biomass and carbon dioxide.

Pilze, die auf einem Baumstamm wachsen
Fungi help plants absorb nutrients from the soil.

With Fungilyzer to the Bioengineering World Cup

Young researchers from Düsseldorf want to score points at this year's iGEM student competition in Boston with a biological fertilizer made from symbiotic fungi.

Konturen einer Weltkarte mit farbigen Punkten an vielen Orten
World map based on literature search and genome analyses showing locations where Streptomyces bacteria producing arginoketides have been isolated. This indicates an almost worldwide distribution of arginoketide producers.

When bacteria communicate with fungi

When streptomyces secrete arginoketides, other microorganisms react in ways they otherwise would not.

In dem automatisierten vertikalen Pflanzenzuchtsystem OrbiPlant vom Fraunhofer IME können pflanzliche Nahrungsmittel effizient und kostengünstig im Großmaßstab hergestellt werden.
In dem automatisierten vertikalen Pflanzenzuchtsystem OrbiPlant vom Fraunhofer IME können pflanzliche Nahrungsmittel effizient und kostengünstig im Großmaßstab hergestellt werden.

Veganz relies on Fraunhofer indoor farming system

For the cultivation of food crops, Veganz, a company specializing in vegan foods, has secured the licensing rights to the vertical farming technology developed by Fraunhofer IME.

UPM and VAUDE are jointly developing innovative outerwear as prototypes of a fossil-free future in the textile industry.

UPM cooperates with VAUDE in the production of sustainable textiles

UPM and VAUDE plan to produce the first fleece jacket from wood-based polyester. The biobased chemical is to be produced on a large scale at UPM's new biorefinery in Leuna.

In kleinen Bioreaktoren können die Forschenden die Bedingungen der mikrobiellen Elektrosynthese genau kontrollieren.
In small bioreactors, researchers can precisely control the conditions of microbial electrosynthesis.

Electrobiotechnology: Bacteria use hydrogen for biosynthesis

Leibniz researchers in Jena have demonstrated that bacteria use hydrogen for microbial electrosyntheses.

Ein Stützkunststoff aus 40 % PHBV, 10 % PEG und 50 % hochfeinem Kochsalz (im Bild die drei Prüfstäbe rechts) hatte die besten Eigenschaften für den 3D-Druck. Das Compound ist in Meerwasser vollständig biologisch abbaubar.
A support plastic made of 40% PHBV, 10% PEG and 50% ultrafine table salt (pictured, the three test rods on the right) had the best properties for 3D printing.

Biodegradable support structures for 3D printing

A biodegradable support material for 3D printing was developed at the University of Stuttgart from the bioplastic PHBV and common salt.

Blick aus einem Tauchroboter auf den Tiefseeboden
The US deep-sea submersible ALVIN illuminates a reddish-brown massif in the Guaymas Basin. Around the hydrothermal sediments with white and orange bacterial mats, cores were taken from which the studied archaea originated.

Deep-sea microbes break down petroleum components

Archaea decompose alkanes from petroleum naturally produced near hydrothermal vents on the seafloor.

Hülsenfrüchte und Samen der Sorte Blaue Speiseerbse PS-HB 019
Legumes and seeds of the variety blue edible pea PS-HB 019

KWS Saat partners with food start-up vly

Seed specialist KWS Saat and Berlin-based start-up VF Nutrition GmbH entered into a multi-year partnership to further develop plant-based foods.

Acker mit Traktor
Soils are important carbon reservoirs.

Microbial carbon utilization in the soil surprisingly efficient

Microorganisms play a crucial role in carbon storage in soils. This is confirmed by an international study with the participation of researchers in Jena.

begrünte Hausfassade
Green facades improve the urban climate, but require a lot of maintenance.

Protect house facades with algae biofilms

Researchers in Berlin want to use a novel biofilm made of algae to protect buildings from overheating and thus ensure a better urban climate.

Blasslila Bogen mit kleinen leuchtenden Punkten, aus dem zwei kräftig lila gefärbte Hörnchen herauswachsen
Two lateral root primordia develop from the main root of Arabidopsis thaliana. Images (with false colors) were taken with a confocal microscope.

How the TOR protein regulates root growth

The signaling molecule TOR detects whether there is enough sugar to form new roots.

Gänseblümchen, Erbsen, Raps & Co.: Bei diesen Mini-Testbroten verleihen alternative Proteine dem Teig eine locker-luftige Struktur, wie sie sonst nur mit Gluten erreicht werden kann.
Daisies, peas, rapeseed & co.: In these mini test loaves, alternative proteins give the dough a fluffy, airy structure that can otherwise only be achieved with gluten.

Alternative proteins for gluten-free baked goods

Using proteins from pea, rapeseed, quinoa and daisies, Hohenheim researchers want to replace gluten protein in baked goods and thus make pasta both fluffy and nutritious.

Ethanolanlage von Südzucker-Tochter CropEnergies in Zeitz
Südzucker subsidiary CropEnergies' site in Zeitz has been producing up to 400,000 cubic meters of ethanol per year since 2005.

CropEnergies focuses on biobased chemicals

The first production plant for manufacturing renewable ethyl acetate from sustainable ethanol is to be built at the site of Südzucker subsidiary CropEnergies in Zeitz by 2025.